Olivier Giroud
Giroud's hat-trick saw Arsenal ease into the draw for the knock-out stage of the competition. Getty

Arsenal and Chelsea joined Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday 9 December, avoiding the ignominy of dropping into the Europa League as Manchester United did 24 hours earlier.

With the exception of Manuel Pellegrini's City side, the Premier League's representation in the competition have so far made hard work of getting this far, and it doesn't get any easier. On Monday 14 December, the draw for the round of 16 takes place. Here is what the future holds for those three teams.

Group winners: Real Madrid, Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Zenit St Petersburg

Group runners up: Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Juventus, Roma, Arsenal, Dynamo Kiev, Gent


Arsene Wenger's side made light work of Olympiakos in their final group encounter, sealing a 3-0 win that was more than enough for them to take their place in the last 16 as group runners up. It's familiar territory for the Gunners, who have qualified through a second place finish for the fourth season in a row. With the exception of fellow Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal can come up against any of the clubs who topped their group, namely Real Madrid, Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, or Zenit St Petersburg. Worryingly, that leaves them with a 60% chance of landing one of Spain's giants.

Best case scenario: Zenit St Petersburg

The Russian champions waltzed through their group claiming maximum points until suffering a shock defeat to Belgian side Ghent in their final game. A reunion with Andre Villas-Boas probably looks like the best shout on paper, but it is worth remembering, Arsenal got the draw they wanted last season in Monaco. And we know how that ended up.

Worst case scenario. Barcelona

No explanation needed, really.


For all their woes this season, Chelsea finished their group campaign in straightforward fashion, dismissing a rather disappointing Porto side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to seal top spot in Group G. That means they will avoid most of Europe's elite and will be drawn with one of the group runners-up, excluding Arsenal. Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Juventus, Roma and Ghent lie in wait.

Chelsea cruised into the last 16 with their win over Porto at Stamford Bridge. Getty

Best case scenario: K.A.A Ghent

Despite winning their last three group games to reach the knock out stages, Ghent, ranked 96<sup>th in Uefa's coefficients, will be the team most will be looking to be drawn against.

Worst case scenario: Paris Saint-Germain

The French champions eliminated Jose Mourinho's side at Stamford Bridge in the quarter-finals last season. They have only grown stronger since.

Manchester City

A thrilling 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach sealed top spot for Manuel Pellegrini's side ahead of last season's runners up Juventus, whose defeat to Sevilla saw them end their group campaign with a whimper. City cannot be drawn with fellow Premier League side Arsenal or Juventus, having just tangled with them in the group stage. They will also avoid Barcelona, who have eliminated them at the last 16 stage in the last two consecutive seasons. PSG, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Roma, Dynamo Kiev or Ghent await them.

Manchester City
City, for once, have keen bept out of the clutches of Barcelona. Getty

Best case scenario: K.A.A Ghent

Like Chelsea, a draw against Ghent would be a welcomed start to the knock-out campaign. Realistically, City should be have no concerns over any of the group runners up, with the exception of PSG.

Worst case scenario: Paris Saint-Germain

Everyone is looking to avoid Laurent Blanc's side.